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  1. (in czarist Russia) an edict or order of the czar having the force of law.
  2. any order or proclamation by an absolute or arbitrary authority.
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Origin of ukase

1720–30; < French < Russian ukáz, Old Russian ukazŭ, noun derivative of ukazati to show, indicate, assign, command, equivalent to u- prefix + kazati to show, order


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Historical Examples

  • He gives his reasons in the ukase wherein the change is announced.

    The Story of Russia

    R. Van Bergen, M.A.

  • Am I to expect tomorrow your ukase that I give up Scotch and soda or your patronage?

  • By an ukase he ordered that all children throughout the country should be educated.

    Fred Markham in Russia

    W. H. G. Kingston

  • By this ukase the Russian Empire loses nearly one-half of its territories.

    A. D. 2000

    Alvarado M. Fuller

  • The protest was heeded by the Czar and the ukase was rescinded.

British Dictionary definitions for ukase


  1. (in imperial Russia) an edict of the tsar
  2. a rare word for edict
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Word Origin

C18: from Russian ukaz, from ukazat to command
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Word Origin and History for ukase


1729, "decree issued by a Russian emperor," from Russian ukaz "edict," from ukazat' "to show, decree," from Old Church Slavonic ukazati, from u-, intensive prefix, + kazati "to show, order," which is related to the first element of Casimir.

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